Sustainable Development

Nixon Peabody works with developers, investors, and others to understand public and private sustainable development tools, requirements, and systems, including LEED®, green building acts, and other green building standards. We collaborate with our clients to incorporate these protocols and regulations into development, management, and investment programs. We have experience counseling clients through the risks and opportunities, and myriad development, financial, and regulatory documents to comply with green standards, and we assist with incorporating green financial incentives, including renewable energy and other tax credits (such as wind, solar, and biomass) into these programs. We have experience with the following related issues:

  • Renewable energy: solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas
  • Affordable and mixed-income housing
  • Sustainable development
  • Brownfields redevelopment
  • Climate change and carbon trading issues
  • Green building
  • Green leasing
  • Green development
  • Green financing
  • Contract disputes regarding advertising LEED® and other green marketing statements
  • Promotion of “green” marketing
  • Risk mitigation for owners, developers, contractors, and design professionals
  • Historic preservation
  • Transportation issues

Solar Power Access: A Matter of Justice

Washington Lawyer | March 01, 2020

This in-depth profile of New Partners Community Solar features Nixon Peabody’s role in the project and quotes Washington, DC, Community Development Finance senior counsel Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens.

The General Counsel’s Big Opportunity to Protect Reputation: 6 Tips

Corporate Counsel | December 16, 2019

This article, covering six tips for general counsel to fortify their corporate reputations, cites New Partners Community Solar Corporation as an example of effectively collaborating with others for greater impact. The authors mention Nixon Peabody’s collaboration with the District Department of Energy & Environment, Brookfield Properties, National Housing Trust Community Development Fund, Enterprise Community Partners, and Sol Systems in forming NP Community Solar.

Planning agency can challenge foreclosure

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | December 26, 2018

Boston Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Jeff Sacks is quoted in this article on the ability of municipal planning agencies to respond to possible foreclosure of affordable housing properties.

IREC announces 2018 3iAward recipients at Intersolar

Solar Power World | July 10, 2018

Washington DC partner Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens, both of the Community Development Finance Group, are mentioned in this story after NPSolar was named Community/Shared Renewables Project of the Year by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

What New Brunswick companies should know about New England’s building sector

Opportunities NB Blog | December 14, 2017

This Q&A features Boston M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Chris Keefe and recaps his presentation about doing business in the U.S. at Greenbuild, a conference focused on sustainable building and design.

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